In Memory of Raymond Wears
Raymond Wears was born on May 20, 1957 in Amery, Wisconsin. His parents were Philip A. Wears and Evelyn C. (Roethle) Wears Jackelen.
He graduated from Amery High School in 1975. He joined the US Navy upon graduation. After his tour of duty, he came back to Amery to live out his life. He married Terry O’Neil and to this union one son, Patrick was born.
Raymond spent most of his work life at DMA and Dynatronix, now Process Technology, where he was currently employed at the time of his passing on November 7th, 2019. Raymond had a very technical mind and was always improvising and creating. Raymond loved to garden, especially his tomatoes, peppers and flowers and learned his canning skills from his mother. There were many quarts of tomatoes canned as he worked along side his mother and later with his brother, Curtis. Ray practiced and practiced his golf shot. Not saying it helped but he so enjoyed golfing rounds and rounds of golf on weekends at the Amery Golf Course alongside his brother and friends. Ray was the 8th of 8 children. His siblings couldn’t have asked for a better baby brother. He was our master griller for family gatherings. He was the guy we called on for any electrical problem, which included a trip to Montana to completely wire his sister’s new workshop. His card playing prowess left him always the highest bidder in the card game of 500. His philosophy was always the “go big or go home”. While Patrick was growing up, Raymond became very active in the beginning of the Amery Youth Soccer Program. Raymond’s family, friends and co workers would all acknowledge his l expertise and his sense of humor which he displayed to us up to the very time of his passing. What best sums up Raymond’s true character was a citation he received from the US Navy Vice Admiral as follows: “Petty Officer WEARS consistently performed his demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner and directly and significantly contributed to his ship’s electronics readiness. His keen sense of pride and professional dedication served as a catalyst to other members of his work center. He was without peer in his ability to effect rapid repairs to the air and surface search radars and other complex electronics systems. The many extra hours spent by Petty Officer WEARS in seeking out problem areas before casualties occurred and his devotion to duty have been particularly impressive. Petty Officer Wears’ leadership and dedication reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service”.
Raymond is survived by his son, Patrick Wears, Ashville, North Carolina; 6 siblings; Karen Henrikson, (Don) Missoula, Montana, Sandra Nihiser (Edward), Amery, Sylvia Kozak (Carl) Hayward, Lois Peper (Stan Proden), Amery, Curtis Wears (Susan) from Amery, WI and Sidney Jones (Lee) Amery and his constant companions, his cats Maggie and Max. Ray will also be greatly missed by his numerous nieces and nephews who so enjoyed being around him. They all felt a special bond with their “Uncle Ray”.
He is preceded in death by his Father, Philip Wears, his Mother Evelyn Wears Jackelen, his brother Alan Wears, his nephew, Matthew Kozak and his step father, Charles Jackelen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be welcome to the Amery Food Shelf, Wears Family and Friends Scholarship or Charity of your Choice. A Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Amery, Wisconsin at 11 AM with visitation prior from 9 AM to 11 AM. Internment will take place at the Amery Cemetery.